KOTA KINABALU, (Jan 18) — Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman described Sabah’s unity as still solid and powerful despite its multi-racial and multi-belief community.
Musa said the evidence for this could be seen when people of all races gather to celebrate each other’s culture and festivals such as the upcoming Chinese New Year.
“The variety of cultures and festivals in this state showcase the uniqueness of the multi-racial and ethnic communities. Just like other major festivals, the Chinese New Year is also celebrated in a grand way.
“What’s more important is that all the other communities also join in by visiting each other’s open houses. This closeness and harmony proves that Sabah’s unity is still solid and powerful,” he said.
Musa was speaking at the launch of the 2014 Dragon, Unicorn and Lion Dance Festival at the Likas Sports Complex here Saturday. Also present were Sabah Industrial Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah and Special Affairs Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang.
The festival is organised by the United Sabah Chinese Communities Association with about 80 teams participating.
“We can be proud here in Sabah for our ability to celebrate and appreciate the different traditions and cultures, making us truly unique,” Musa said.
He said the organisation of the festival was also the best way for the Association to promote the Chinese culture and attract tourists to Kota Kinabalu. –BERNAMA